New Year's Resolutions Good for Mind, Body and Soul

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Quitting smoking, dieting and getting shape are among some of the most common New Year's resolutions. However, maintaining those goals can be challenge.

"I'm ready to go back to the gym," goal setter Joan Serber said. "My trainer will be happy."

Brazos County resident Mike Arrington says he has set several goals for the new year. "I'm going to try and be more optimistic this year and value time with my family more," he said.

With a new year just around the corner, many are already thinking about how they can make 2008 better than 2007.

"It's a new beginning," psychologist Frances Kimbrough said. "Everybody thinks, 'Let's start over, turn over a new leaf, and let's do all the things I've wanted to do differently.'"

Kimbrough says starting the year off with goals can be good for the mind, body and soul.

"It's a healthy thing, actually. You need to make them over, over and over again until you finally accomplish what you want to do," Kimbrough said.

Staying on track with those goals, however, can often get hard as the hustle and bustle of life catches up, and it gets harder to find the time to get things done.

Experts say the pathway to success includes:

- looking at any negative thoughts you may have about your goals so you face them up front
- view goals as something you want to do, not something you have to do
- make several goals, not just one
- enlist the help of family and friends
- follow the old adage "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again"

"What may work with one will not work with another," Kimbrough said. "Instead of the tried and true, 'there's one certain way,' I think you need to experiment and find out what's best for you."

Finding something you enjoy doing can also increase your success rate and help start 2008 off with a bang.

"Just because one person likes to swim, that may be horrible for you," Kimbrough said. "Another one may like to dance, or another one may like to run, so you've got to figure out what's the best thing for each person."